FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis is accused of driving under the influence in South Florida, court and law enforcement records show.
Davis, 34, of Southwest Ranches in Broward County, played 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills from 2009 to 2018, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.
He was arrested Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol and charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI alcohol or drugs, first offense, according to Broward County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.
Ex-Miami Dolphin Vontae Davis arrested on DUI charge, found sleeping on road after crash https://t.co/66VpHLwIiP pic.twitter.com/67A32Ulrfu— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) February 5, 2023
Fox News, citing South Florida talk show host Andy Slater, said that Davis reportedly crashed his vehicle into a disabled car on the side of the highway, which hit a person next to it.
According to the FHP, Davis was driving south through Hollywood on the Florida Turnpike when his black Tesla rear-ended a bronze Toyota Tundra around 7:47 a.m., the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Trooper said the Tundra had a flat tire and was parked on the side of the road. The owner of the vehicle, a 59-year-old man from North Miami, was standing next to his vehicle and was injured, according to the newspaper.
A trooper who encountered Davis said the former NFL player was sleeping on the right shoulder of the highway. He allegedly told the trooper he was asleep because he “was tired.”
Davis was arrested and charged with DUI after refusing to submit to sobriety exercises, the Sun-Sentinel reported. He also declined to take a breathalyzer test or provide a sample of blood and urine, the FHP said.
Davis remained in the Broward County Jail pending a bond hearing, according to Broward County online records.
Davis was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft and No. 25 overall by the Dolphins after playing at the University of Illinois. He was featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” show with the Dolphins and was traded to the Colts during training camp.
Davis was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, earning honors in 2014 and 2015, according to Pro-Football-Reference. He had four interceptions in each season.
In Buffalo, Davis quit during halftime of the Bills’ Week 2 game in 2018 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
“Pulled himself out of the game,” coach Sean McDermott told reporters. “He communicated to us that he was done.”
“Most people, when I did what I did, they thought I was literally going insane or something,” Davis told ESPN a year later. “But I was actually fine. I was totally fine.
“And I’m totally fine today.”
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